An arrest in Delano by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office for a July shooting leads to the capture of a man who was on Sheriff Boudreaux’s Top Ten Most Wanted List

TULARE COUNTY – A midnight shooting in Delano took a surprising turn almost three months later, when deputies arrested Martinez Lombera for the crime; who, as it turns out, had already made a name for himself on Sheriff Boudreaux’s Most Wanted List.

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Tulare County Sheriff's Office

Around 1 a.m. on July 22, deputies with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) were called to a shooting in the 200 block of Road 148 in Delano. Deputies and medical personnel arrived on scene and found Francisco Valencia, 30, of Delano shot to death.

On Thursday, Oct. 12, Lombera, 32, of Earlimart was arrested in Delano for Valencia’s murder after a short pursuit with Delano Police Officers. He was then transferred to TCSO custody.

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Not only that, Martinez was also on Sheriff Boudreaux’s Top Ten Most Wanted List for a 2022 kidnapping. He is currently being held without bail on the kidnapping case and the murder charge.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at 559-733-6218, or anonymously through our TipNow Program at 559-725-4194 or [email protected].

Oct. 11

The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to be on the lookout for a 2022 Black Can Am Maverick that was stolen last month during a carjacking in Orosi.

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Tulare County Sheriff's Office

Just after 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 30, TCSO deputies were called to the area of Road 144 and Ave 428 in Orosi for an armed carjacking.

When they arrived, deputies learned the victim was driving a Can-Am Maverick in the area, when two suspects drove up in a white truck, got out of the vehicle armed with guns and ordered him out. The suspects left the victim at the scene and took off with the ATV.

If you have any information on where this stolen Can-Am Maverick is, you’re asked to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at 559-733-6218.

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Oct. 10

Just after 9:15 p.m. tonight, TCSO deputies were called to the 400 Block of Page St. in Porterville for an armed robbery.

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Tulare County Sheriff's Office

When deputies arrived, they learned multiple armed suspects forced their way into the home and stole property. Luckily, no one was hurt during the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at 559-733-6218

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Oct. 7

Around 10:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6, TCSO deputies were called to the area of Maple St. and Ellsworth Ave. in Pixley for a report of animal cruelty. When they arrived, deputies found five dogs and one cat dead.

The cause of death has yet to be determined. Animal control responded and took possession of the dogs.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Jeremy Gates and Sergeant Zamora with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at 559-733-6218.

Early in the morning on Oct. 7, TCSO deputies were called to the Kings River Golf and Country Club in the 3100 Block of Ave. 400 in Kingsburg for a burglary.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at 559-733-6218.